Book Review: “Who Do You Think You Are?”

5 Apr

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“Alright. You’ve got two minutes to tell me all about yourself… Go ahead.”

That’s what she’s opening with? The lightning round?

Sitting across the table from my future mother-in-law, I realized to my horror that I had no idea how to answer her question. I can’t remember exactly what I said during some of the most intimidating 120 seconds of my life, but I’m sure it was a rather pathetic description of my name, hobbies, undergrad program, and part-time job. I fumbled my way through and passed the test (she gave me her blessing to marry her daughter Amanda a few years later), but that question has always lingered in the back of my mind:

Who am I?

I have spent years trying to tack on achievements or acquire things to help in defining who David Wonders.

For a number of years, I found my identity in academic achievement. For a period of time, I tied my hopes and dreams to being good at sports (everyone out there who knows me just spit out their coffee laughing). I’ve despaired at love (and identity) lost when a lady that dumped me at the curb. I was deeply depressed when my wife earned more than me at her job. When I graduated from college with a broadcasting degree, I was devastated for a time when my “career” consisted of waiting tables, driving school bus, and playing office administrator at a campaign office.

I kept on hitting my head against the wall until I came across a quote from John Piper that blew my mind:

“This will, in the end, be what makes your life significant or not – not who you are, but whose you are.”

Once your identity is found in the “whose” (God’s child, being clothed in the righteousness in Christ) rather than the “who” (Dave Wonders, with all of his messes and shortcomings), life gets a lot easier. You realize that it isn’t up to you to blaze a trail and take the charge, but rather to follow the Leader and accept the unclaimed inheritance that is yours as a child of the King.

If you want to know more about how to ground your identity in Jesus Christ and what implications your new identity holds, I strongly recommend picking up Mark Driscoll’s latest book: “Who Do You Think You Are?”

I have been a Christian for a number of years. I have heard hundreds of sermons and read hundreds of Christian articles and books. This is THE BEST handling of the topic of identity that I have ever encountered. You should get it. Seriously. No, I don’t get any kickback from plugging it, but it really taught me some things and I think you would really get a lot out of it whether you have been in the church for 20 days or 20 years.

Rather than tell you all about it, how about we just let Mark share about it? I had a chance to chat with him about it on my radio show when it came out last January. Give it a listen and then swing by the local Christian bookstore and pick it up today.

-Dave Wonders

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Yes, “David Wonders” is his real name. Dave is  a husband, a father, and the midday host at 104.3 The Pulse (thepulse.mn). Somehow he finds time to read absurd numbers of books.  Connect with Dave on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Klout.

4 Responses to “Book Review: “Who Do You Think You Are?””

  1. For the Love of God April 5, 2013 at 21:45 #

    I love the book review tied in with the personal testimony. Added this book to my wishlist. Thanks for being transparent Dave!

    • More Than A Beard April 5, 2013 at 22:57 #

      Out of the 26 books I have read this year, “Who Do You Think You Are?” has been my favorite!

      -Dave

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  1. My 10 Favorite Non-Fiction Reads of 2013 (So Far) | More Than A Beard - June 30, 2013

    […] If you want to know more about how to ground your identity in Jesus Christ and what implications your new identity holds, I strongly recommend picking this book up. Based on Ephesians, Mark’s book covers a wide range of topics that will be helpful to the person who has been a Christian for 20 years or 20 minutes. For a more extensive look at this book and the interview that I had with Mark, click here. […]

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